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Friday Morning Fly By: Welcome back, Hartsy!

Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

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*FINALLY it's game day and the Columbus Blue Jackets have come to town. Here come all the articles about former players and old teams and winning trades! Check back this afternoon for a preview of the matchup.

*So it's going to be all Scott Hartnell and R.J. Umberger today; might as well get right into it: looking closely at Umberger's incredibly slow start. [Daily News]

*Meltzer has some thoughts on Umberger as well as a few injury updates. [Hockeybuzz]

*Looks like there may be some beef between Scott Hartnell and Craig Berube. [Puck Daddy]

*Umberger is hoping a game against his old team will knock him out of his funk. [Courier-Post]

*Steve Mason spoke post-practice about meeting up with his old friends from 'Lumbus. [Flyers]

*Claude Giroux is looking forward to meeting his old friend Hartsy on the ice. [Inquirer]

*Sadly, it looks like BJs forward Nathan Horton 's career may be over. [The Hockey News]

*It's an absolute travesty that Eric Lindros isn't in the Hockey Hall of Fame and here's why. [TSN]

*The Flyers hosted a Q&A for season ticket holders; please to enjoy some of these takes from the evening. [Pattison Ave]

*Hidden in this article about the Leafs routing of the Bruins the other night is a nice little nugget about your captain Claude Giroux. [TSN]

*Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin have the mumps...wait what? [SB Nation]

*This 30 for 30 short on the life of the NHL tough guy is really great. [ESPN]

*We told you yesterday about the NHL picking owners for a potential Las Vegas franchise, but have they picked the right ones? [SB Nation]

*Pick a goalie, numbers only, no cheating. [Pattison Ave]

*On jersey advertising and why it's the lazy solution to increased revenue for the NHL. [Arctic Ice Hockey]

*DGB's weekly grab bag full of the usual hilarity. [Grantland]

*It's kind of funny when kids throw tantrums over sports. Well done, Phil Kessel. [Puck Daddy]

*And finally, just in case the Flyers' commercial for Santa Sacks wasn't funny enough, here are the outtakes. [Flyers]

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